As winter draws in and Christmas beckons, indoor plants, floral and foliage decorations assume greater significance. David Coton suggests how you can transform your home with the colourful interest of seasonal plants.
It was quite an honour for GardenSite to be asked to supply the Christmas Tree to Birmingham New Street Station this year, and to celebrate we're offering a Champagne High Tea to the winners of a seasonal selfie competition.
GardenSite partner David Coton was initially approached by shift station manager Craig Stenning back in June, and earlier this month we were delighted to deliver a magnificent 21ft Nordic Spruce to the busiest railway station outside of London.
New Street has 35 million passengers annually and was recently redeveloped as part of the ultra modern 500,000 sq ft Grand Central shopping mall which draws in thousands more to its superb shopping, restaurants and cafes
As both New Street and Grand Central are such busy places, we couldn't take any chances with safety, so we had to arrange for some stringent fire and risk assessments before spraying the tree with a fire retardant.
Now in place, fully lit and decorated in true Christmas style, thousands of people pass the tree each day and a quickly taken selfie might win two of them a Champagne High Tea at The Garden Room in Sutton Coldfield.
All you need to do is to take a selfie in front of the tree which is on the main walkway below Grand Central, then enter the competition by sharing the selfie with us on Twitter using the tag '@hallsgardensite' and a winner will be chosen at random.
There's no doubt that television provides gardeners with inspiration, tips and good ideas, that's why we're all looking forward to new programmes and the return of old favourites during 2019.
The InternetRetailing Growth 2000 Report was published last week and the great news for GardenSite and our customers is that we are now listed as one of the UK's top 1000 retail websites.
Although snow has arrived at the garden centre, we will be receiving new stock during February in readiness for spring which hopefully is just around the corner, and David Coton suggests the jobs you should be tackling in the garden this month.
Wood burners and open fires that require a good supply of dry, well seasoned wood, have enjoyed a resurgence in popularity over the past few years. Log stores have therefore become increasingly essential and David Coton explains the differences between the many that are now available.